WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama announced he was looking for ways to ease deportations without going through Congress, Republicans called it a case study in overreach. They argued it's Obama — not Republicans — who is undermining prospects for an immigration overhaul by proving he can't be trusted to enforce the law.
Now as a narrow summertime window opens when Congress could act on immigration, Obama is working to turn the tables on Republicans. He's holding off any executive actions on deportation in hopes that Republicans will bear all the blame if that window closes without an immigration fix.
It's an election-year gambit that could backfire. By asking for patience again from frustrated immigration activists, Obama is driving up expectations about actions he'll take if the fight in Congress ultimately fails.